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Crime Expert and Author Ron Chepesiuk ExposesCriminal Legend Frank Matthews in New BookRelease
Tue, 04 Jun 2013, 16:26:44 EDT
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., June 4, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Award-winning crime author Ron Chepesiuk goes into depth toinvestigate the unsolved disappearance of the legendary drug kingpinFrank Matthews with his new book, "Black Caesar: The Rise andDisappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin" (ISBN: 978-0-9852440-1-9 / 10-digit ISBN 0-9852440-1-1) from Strategic Media Books. With anundercover reporting style that leaves no stone unturned, Chepesiuk'sdetermined crack at unraveling one of the underworld's biggestunsolved mysteries makes for a fascinating and intriguing read.It was July 2, 1973, when Frank Matthews, history's first African American drug kingpin, jumped bail in New York City with $15 to $20million - the equivalent of $80 million to $90 million in today's money. Itis believed he took his beautiful mistress, Cheryl Brown with him.Interestingly, though Matthews is undisputedly the longest missing fugitive in DEA history, another figure from the '70's, AssataShakur, just recently made headlines by being placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. A 66-year old Black woman,Shakur's reward is set for two million dollars. The reward for 69-year old Frank Matthews, the target of one of the largestmanhunts in U.S. law enforcement history, is a mere $20,000. He remains at large and his disappearance is a completemystery. He has never made any "Most Wanted" list.Many believe Shakur was erroneously convicted for the murder of a state trooper. But there is no mistaking the fact that thenarcotics Matthews helped funnel into African American communities across America continues to leave a trail of devastation,betrayal, death and despair. In each case it has been forty years. And so goes the continued urban legend of Frank Matthews,perhaps the most authentic American Gangster of them all.Matthews' literally dominated the heroin market in the '70's. A country boy from North Carolina, Matthew operated out of NewYork with a drug empire that spanned 21 states with overseas contacts for heroin and cocaine. A boss of bosses, the DEAranks him as one of the Top Ten drug traffickers in United States history. A young man in his twenties at the time, Matthewswas one of the first major independents who challenged the La Cosa Nostra for supremacy in the criminal underworld. Thestreets deemed him, "Black Caesar" as he was the first Black man bold, astute and confident enough to control an interstateorganization of its size, independent of the Mob that ruled all.Chepesiuk follows the trail left cold, retracing Matthew's criminal path with the nose of a bloodhound. His interviews with DEAagents, Federal Marshals, aging ex-drug kingpins, friends, families and associates are perhaps the most in-depth gathering of details about this nefariously historic figure ever compiled. The book explores a host of nagging questions. How was Matthewsable to operate for several years without being detected? What was his relationship with La Cosa Nostra? Why did the CIA getinvolved in the Matthews investigation? What happened to Cheryl Brown? Why has the mystery of his disappearance been sodifficult to solve? And while the questions are explored and answered, "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of FrankMatthews, Kingpin" colorfully captures the vivid imagery, drama and intrigue of the era, entangling the reader in a real lifethriller."Ron Chepesiuk is to true crime books what Nas is to the hip-hop world," offers Seth Ferranti author of "Gorilla Convict: The
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